Emergency warming shelter opens at Pine Street Community Center

Jessica  Rodrigo By Jessica Rodrigo

Feb. 4, 2014 at 11:01 p.m.
Updated Feb. 3, 2014 at 8:04 p.m.

The homeless will have a warm place to stay Wednesday night when temperatures drop once again into the 30s.

Ginny Stafford, Mid-Coast Family Services CEO, said the Pine Street Community Center emergency warming shelter, 803 Pine St., will be open after community groups and churches have agreed on the terms of operation.

"We're doing a pilot (program) the first night and will adjust to make it work," she said.

The kitchen will not be open the first night, she said, so the group is looking for food donations.

Stafford anticipates about 20 people will come and use the service but said the shelter is prepared for more.

"We've been loaned cots, and we've gotten blankets and sheets from Citizens," she said. "If the cots aren't enough, we'll use sleeping bags."

Volunteers are needed for both days and will be trained by veteran volunteers.

For more information, call Mid-Coast Family Services at 361-575-7842.



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